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Are You Sara?    by S.C. Lalli order for
Are You Sara?
by S.C. Lalli
Order:  USA  Can
William Morrow, 2022 (2022)
Softcover, CD, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Here's a mystery author new to me, but one I intend to follow. S.C. Lalli's Are You Sara? takes an intriguing premise and develops it into a fascinating mystery with a most appealing lead. It's set in the UK.

The lead, Saraswati 'Sara' Bhaduris, is working two jobs to pay her way through law school. One of them is at a local bar. She meets Sarah when her boss tells her to deal with a drunk young woman in the loo.

They connect and end up taking a ride share home together. Sara Bhaduri falls asleep and awakens to realize that Sarah got out at her address. Sara walks home, only to discover Sarah Ellis dead on her doorstep.

But was Sara or Sarah the intended victim? Was Sarah 'in the wrong place at the wrong time?' Sara is interviewed repeatedly by Detective Kelly, and readers gradually learn of a dark secret in her own past.

Readers also find out that Sara is very smart and very tough when she needs to be. She sorts her own problem and finds out who killed Sarah and why. Are You Sara? is an absorbing read, with a final, powerful twist in the ending.

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